Where is Papua New Guinea? The country lies south of the equator and is located about 160 km north from Australia. Also referred to by its acronym PNG, the country boasts a mountain range that stretches from Asia, the South Pacific and through Indonesia. It also comprises of more than 600 islands the residents of which speak about 800 languages and are home to the largest intact rainforest compared to the Amazon. PNG also features 4 regions and is a combination of 22 provinces along with the National Capital District, each which has its own characteristics and cultures. When visitors arrive, they are met with spectacular tropical scenery comprising of wooded mountainsides and sandy white beaches.
A large part of the countryside remains wild and undeveloped with magnificent scenery as far as the eye can see. From sparkling rivers and volcanic mountains to peaks that stand at a massive 4000 meters, Papua New Guinea is never short of sights to explore. The mainland is split in two by the Owen Stanley Range, which is a central spike featuring huge mountains that are a joy to hikers. The rivers begin from the sea and one of them is the famous Sepik River that boasts the world’s longest waterfall. This should be one of the places to visit in Papua New Guinea in your travel list.
Right below the mountain range, fertile plains, delta regions and mangroves, visitors can enjoy themselves on the sandy beaches and the sheltered bays that pepper PNG. Some of the places to visit in Papua New Guinea offer rugged mountain ranges and even deep cave systems that adventurers will love to explore. You can also climb the cliffs and take part in kayaking, canoeing, and fishing on the river teeming with a range of fish species.
The climate of the island remains warms and humid throughout the year but each province experiences its own rainy season during the summer months. The months between May and December are the driest but it would be wise to slap on generous amounts of sunscreen even if the day is overcast especially if you visit the Highlands. The island offers a range of adventurous activities from bushwalking through rain soaked forests to canoeing on torrential rivers to diving off the spectacular cliffs to sparkling ocean below. So where is Papua New Guinea in your travel plans this year?